Conserving A Key Resource
by Jake Morrison, Parris Volgyi, Kevin Han, Lindsey Fan
How do we Use Water?
In the United States, people every day, wake up to waste hundreds of gallons of water. Even though we think that humans don't waste water as much, daily chores and necessities take up more water than we thought so. An average American family can use up to 300 gallons of water each day! About 70% of the 300 gallons are used indoors and 30% are used outdoors. According to desertsun.org, California used about 38 billion gallons of water in 2010. For daily water uses, the average human wastes an average of 10 gallons for one five-minute shower and 20 for a power-nozzle five-minute shower. Even brushing you teeth with the faucet running, takes up 2 gallons per minute and the average human uses over 100 gallons of water a day! Yes, we might think that using the amount of water we use daily is okay, but in reality, we waste hundreds of gallons, which leads to high water taxes, and less water to start a drought.
How to Conserve Water?
Where is Water Distributed
Out of all the global water, 97% are oceans, and .9% is the amount of other salt water, making about 98% all the salt water.
There is only 3% freshwater in the world.
Of all this freshwater, 75% is trapped in ice, 25% is groundwater, and 1% is surface water.
- Of all the surface water and freshwater, 75% is in ice, 1% in lakes and rivers, 2.6% is in wetlands, .26% is in animals, and 3% is in the air.